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Manchester Ship Canal

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Manchester Ship Canal

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Manchester Ship Canal

Opened on 21 May 1894, the 36-mile-long "Big Ditch" (as it is known by the locals) is a river navigation comprising the Rivers Irwell and Mersey that enabled sea-going ships to sail from Liverpool into the previously landlocked city of Manchester, which then became Britain's third busiest port. The MSC is the eighth longest ship canal in the world, being only slightly shorter than the Panama Canal in Central America. Despite the decline in manufacturing industry and the fact that many ocean-going ships are too large for the MSC, around eight million tonnes of goods are still transported along it each year.

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